Monday, December 22, 2008
Like everyone else, I'm running out of time to wrap presents! Well, like most people, I'm sure. Every year, doesn't matter if I'm done shopping in Nov or on Christmas Eve, I always leave the wrapping till the last second. I hate that part. I don't even put ribbons or bows on the last ones. I just want to get it DONE! So now I'm looking for the tape I just KNOW I bought and wondering if I have enough wrapping paper for all these gifts. Wow! Did I buy all this? How am I gonna load all this in my minivan along with suitcases for 8 people plus the 8 people themselves? Hmmmmm.........nah! Not gonna happen. Somebody's gonna have to ride on top!
I'll be away for Christmas with my extended family, showing off the new baby and how much the other grandkids have grown. So, it'll be another week before I manage to get back on here! I'll be working on another kit after that. Don't yet have anything in mind but I'll be mulling some things over in my mind while I'm gone. I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Here's the links to the download:
Monday, December 15, 2008
Stop 01 - BeaconScrap
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I used a freebie kit from Angelwithin Designs (Fiona Storey) at ScrapbookMax for the ribbon, lace, bow, buttons and tie, and journal tag (also used tag for frame around pics). Used Lashana Maya kit by Deanne Gow Smith at Scrapbook Max for the background paper (recolored) and the Our Baby and stitches over lace. Used Moonlight Pearl by Deanne Gow Smith for the larger frame with pearls (recolored). Wordart by KimB's Designs This Is Love kit. Thanks, ladies, for letting me use your kits to share our joy with the world!
Remember, the Holly Jolly Blog Train pulls out on Dec 15th! Be sure to come back to get Christmas freebies from over 70 designers (me included)!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I have finished my portion of the Holly Jolly Blog Train. I'll try to get it wrapped up and sent in and you can get it and ALL the other 70 some designers' kits on the 15th of Dec. Just stop by here and I'll link you to mine and the page where you can get the rest of the kits.
I've done a couple wordarts to share but haven't felt like getting on to set them up for sharing. It's nothing serious. My blood pressure has been quite elevated, 227/110, and they gave me medicine to bring it down real fast. I'm supposed to take it twice a day but it completely knocks me out for about 2-3 hours, so I have to take it in the evening and during the night so I'm able to stay awake at work. (Which is why I haven't been able to get on here. I'm asleep! LOL!) When I went back to the Dr to have the blood pressure taken again, it was still too high so they want me to take it THREE times a day. Uh......when?!!?!! And now, I'm afraid to take it at all this week in case my daughter, who lives with me with her other 3 children, goes into labor. How am I going to drive if I'm loopy and drowsy from the medicine? So I haven't been feeling real well and now having headaches, too. Anyway, not feeling too creative at the moment. Actually this is the first time I've even been on to check out anyone else's blogs, too. I miss you guys!! I'll try to get around to everyone and will definitely be on to let you know about the new baby boy we are waiting on .......and waiting......and waiting.....
Saturday, November 22, 2008
3 lbs lean ground beef
1 1/2 Cups tomato juice
2 med onions chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
1/4 Cup chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder (more or less)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 regular cans of light red kidney beans
Cook ground beef in a Dutch Oven over med-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and return to pot. Add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add grated cheddar cheese to top of each bowl. Good with cornbread or as dip with crackers.
There you go, Bunny! Sorry I'm late! Hmmmmm......just noticed.....she's not on my blog list. I guess I always get to her site from Kim's. I'll have to get her added!
Well, doggone it! I just noticed it was supposed to be a dessert recipe. I'll add that one later. Gotta run for now!
*update* Ok, here's the REAL favorite recipe. (stupid me!) And it's a dessert! Mwahahaha! This was made by my ex-MIL (who still loves me) every holiday. It's called Paris Puffins.
1/3 cup soft shortening (or margarine)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup mik
1/3 cup butter (or margarine) melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 medium muffin cups. Mix thoroughly shortening, sugar and egg. Blend flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together then add to shortening mixture adding alternately with milk. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 20-25 minutes. Immediately roll in melted butter, then in a mixture of the last sugar and cinnamon. Serve hot or cold!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
I managed to keep this kit down to 3 zips! Much shorter than my 1st kit of 7 zips! Hahahaha! Here's the preview!!If you like it, you can get it here!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
And here's the paper preview (not all shown)
And here's the link to the folder where you can get all 7 zips. (Hahaha! Sorry!
Monday, November 3, 2008
I'm new to ALL of this designing stuff. I'm learning my software as I learn the design process. But I'm pleased with how it came out. I love the deep, rich colors. I mean, what girl wouldn't love the colors of Saphire, Emerald, Topaz and Amethyst? I wish I could be surrounded with it! Hahahaha! Five of them on every finger! (rotfl) Anyway, just be patient a little while longer. Gotta see how much I need to fix after the teacher sends it back then I'll let you all have it.
My friend from SBM (and most every other site I like to visit), Bekah, gave me an award called the Proximidade Award or "Friendship around the World" award. It's in spanish but very generally translates to extending the hand of friendship around the world to blogs that have that "something special". Thank you, Bekah! It's a very special award in this big world of digi-scrapbooking and I'm honored that you thought of me. I have to pass it on to 8 people. Whew! Most of the bloggers I know have this one and because it extends the hand of friendship to those around the world, I think I'll take some time to look around for people I don't know well and "extend the hand of friendship" to them! I always wanted to travel the world and meet people!
Well, guess I'll go back to work. For now, I'll be just like you. Just waiting. And waiting...............and waiting.............
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So.............I thought and thought about what word to use. All the "traditional" words popped out at me like FAMILY, CHRISTMAS, and THANKSGIVING. But I wanted something a little different. So I thought of JINGLE and YULETIDE and even SLEIGH RIDE! But those might have been a little harder to find something to scrap with. I mean, really! I love sleigh rides! But how many of us have really taken a ride in one and would have photos? I almost went with SLEDDING because that would fit a lot of layouts but then I thought of all the family traditions we share at this time of year. So TRADITION became my word. You can use this word mask for any of your family traditions whether it be that big Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner or just the Friday Family Movie Night!
Above is my layout using the word mask. I used Studio Lorie's Flitting Fall Faeries for the flowers available at http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/ The background is my own. Here is the word mask for you if you want it.
You can download it here!
Monday, October 27, 2008
It's really easy with PSE5. It already has the Animation built in so you don't have to use an outside animater. Go to File>Save for Web and another window will pop up. Make sure to choose GIF and click on the Animate square. Colors are at 256 and dither is at 100%. Choose how fast you want the frames to move per second. And Voila! You're done! Save it somewhere on your computer. Then go to photobucket (or the storage place of your choice) and save it there so you can use the html code. (Crops2Dawn had to help me figure out how to add them to my blog so you could click and go there. Thanks, Croppy!) Check out my favorite choices in the column to the right for Places You Just Have To Go To Before You Die!
And I just noticed something about my bows! I must be holding my mouth funny or else I'm leaning too far to the left because the bow is always "bigger" on the left side. Do you see that, too? Right there! That left curved part! It's "longer" or something. Hmmmm........gotta go fix that................
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Earlier, I told you I couldn't get the bows right in PS Elements 5. I may have found a way in Real Draw Pro 4 (speaking of which, check out www.esteesbarn.com for a years worth of tutorials for $25 AND, if you buy RDP4 directly from her, it's like getting the first year free as she charges you for the RDP as part of her membership. Then it's just the renewal fee after that.) But at last nights chat, I told Sherah that I found out Elements has the liquify (I didn't know that was there!) and she showed me how I could use that to make my bow........ "puffier" is the technical term she came up with. I can accept that. My bow came out very real looking, according to her, but it looked like it had been ironed flat. Which was EXACTLY how it looked! Mwahahaha! She took my bow and sent it back.....all puffy and flowing and 3D-ish and said, "Now, here! That's what you can do with liquify!" So! I'm going to be liquifying my bow tonight. Wish me luck!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I can't believe it but I got an award! (wipes a tear) It came from my very good friend at Scrapbook Max, Crops2Dawn. Thanks Croppy! It's the "This blog has heart" award which means more to me than most people would think. I'll be spreading this around tonight, I hope. Another one of those things I have to figure out how to do. And I'll have to figure out how to link to everything on here. I've never blogged before, as you know. I've only been on forums where you CAN'T link to another site anywhere. But I just realized..........this is MY site. I can link to everything and everybody if I want to and no one can give me the dreaded "infraction" for doing so! Hahahahaha! So, next post I'll try to remember to leave you "directions" so you can find everything and everybody I'm talking about!
Did you like the sneak peek? Come on! Admit it! You looked, didn't ya. Those are just a small part of the kit. I got started and couldn't seem to quit. I'm still adding stuff. I should have it finished and submitted this weekend and then, after she checks it and I correct everthing, I'll post the homework part and the Add-ons here for you as my thanks for sticking with me.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Hope you like them. I'll set them up as a freebie after the class so come back in about 2 weeks and you can get them then. The preview was an action from Mega-Doodle Inspired's Designer Preview Action 1 that you can get from MyScrapShop.com Very "professional designer" looking, huh? I love this rolled fabric look.
Friday, October 17, 2008
We had our weekly chat at the Digi Design Academy last night and I sprung my blog on them. They all seemed to like it even though it's not finished. But they really liked my photo in the header so I thought I'd tell you, too. I took that photo in my back yard. It's down a bank so we've never been flooded but it's a nice creek to go wading or swimming in. Some areas are shallow and slow moving and have a gazillion crawdads (crayfish) swimming around that the grandbabies like to catch in their nets. Other areas are swift and the kids love having their feet knocked out from under them before being carried away on the current. Hahaha! And yet still others are deep enough for some good fishing! And all of these are within a 200 yard area or smaller so we can do any or all of the above. Now......don't you wish you had one?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
After the paper-making spree, I had to watch the presidential debate and after that, Ghost Hunters was on Sci-fi. I never miss Ghost Hunters! Even for scrapbooking. LOL! So that's all I got done but I hope to work on those elements I TOLD you I was gonna make LAST night tonight instead.
Elements are HARD! Can I be a designer of just papers? I'm getting pretty good with papers. No, huh? Well, darn. I've got some elements that I'm going to make from photos but I also have to make up some items from scratch. Making them look 3-D in a 2-D environment makes me reject everything I come up with. But I'll keep trying. I'm bound to stumble onto that perfect technique, just like my pattern from last night........... and then I'll want to make one in every color! Hahahaha! See ya tomorrow!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Didn't get anything accomplished yesterday on my designer journey......well, except for starting up this blog. But that was homework. LOL! The reason being that I found Lorie Davison's new kit at Scrapbookgraphics and I just have to get ALL of her kits. They are always so unusual, so happy, so FUN! But she always includes regular items also making the kits so very versatile. Her "fun stuff" reminds me of Dr Seuss, a favorite author of mine as a child and of my grandchildren, now. Her new kit is called Flitting Fall Faeries and of course I have to get the "Collection with Everything In It" so I spent the evening downloading 16 different zips (most of them over 50 MBs). Can't wait to start using them. Maybe I can add one of those slide shows on here and show you some layouts I make. Hmmmmm........See? Still working on the blog. Told you it would change along the way.
Tonight, I hope to work on my "homework kit" that I have to make for the Design Academy. Got a few ideas for embellishments and want to work on those. I have several papers made already. After completing the class, the next step is to start creating kits for the color challenges done at a lot of sites. That's where I'll get the most exposure and will have to sit back and bite my nails until I get some feed back from the people downloading and USING the kits. Their (your) feedback will help me to continue to work on and improve my style.
My favorite color challenge is hosted by Kim Broedelet (KimB) at digital-scrapbooking.org and Kim has some new CU patterns up in her store there this week. (Gotta think "CU OK" more now than before.) One is of Halloween patterns and the other is a Geometric pattern. I also am on a Creative Team for Words to Delite by Jazzy. Her word art is sold exlusively at DSO also and she's got some Heritage Cards coming up this week probably Thursday. You should check them out!
Well. I will let you know tomorrow how the designer journey went tonight or if I was still on a "layover" from last night. I may not be able to resist using that new kit. Why isn't there more hours in a day?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I started digitally scrapbooking in Nov of 2007. I had only done one paper scrapbook before going digital. It was for an album of family stories of ancestors and those still living in an attempt to preserve these stories for future generations so that these ancestors would be more than just a picture on the wall. They would have substance and meaning when we hear their names. The album turned out beautiful......and expensive! My word! I couldn't believe how much I spent on paper products. And if I didn't like it.....Oh Well! It was pasted down. I had no desire to EVER make another album. Then, a lady I ordered some paper products from recommended Scrapbook Max on her site and I bought it the same day. It was so easy! To this day, I'd rather make a layout in SBM than in my PSE 5 or RDP.
The people at SBM's forum were so very helpful in getting me started in digital scrapping. I can't name all the wonderful people who've been instrumental in getting me to this point. But I want to thank each and every one of them. Angelwithin's weekly challenges taught me a lot and the Groove's newsletter monthly challenges, too. Soon, I discovered a whole WORLD of digital scrapbooking sites and there were so many wonderful scrappers out there. I continued to improve in my layout designs with the help of all these people but then I wanted to try my hand at making my own stuff.
I took a couple designer classes, tried a few free tutorials, joined Estee's Barn RDP tutorial site and then I found the Design Academy at Stone Accents Studio. Sherah Kraan (aka skrapperdigitals) is the teacher and her class is so ........well......"complete". She includes making your own papers and elements as well as all the behind the scenes stuff like quality checks, resources, blinkies, essential & optional items in a kit, setting up your creative team, creating your logo...........and starting your first blog. So, here I am.
My blog header is non-existent at this time. I'm supposed to create my own stuff to put on it. That will come along somewhere on this journey. I like this "heritage" color so this is the template I picked but this too may change along the way. I hope to share my journey with some of you who also want to try this designer business for yourselves. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll join me again soon for some chai tea and gossip.